Countdown to grander 2013 GLF starts-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- It's a hundred days to go before the grander, more colorful and extra-exciting Giant Lantern Festival or GLF 2013.
On Thursday, the 2013 GLF Executive Committee chaired by Engr. Marni Castro, co-chair Multi-Sectoral Governance Council Committee on Tourism and Culture head Ma. Teresa Laus, Mayor Edwin Santiago and other partners in the world-renowned festival inked separate agreements for the staging of the "Ligligan Parul" at Robinsons Starmills on December 14.
Erstwhile sponsor Robinsons Land Corporation upped the sponsorship package from P1.9 million in 2012 to P2.2 million this year to provide greater assistance to the lantern makers and estimated 11 participating barangays, aside from boosting the lantern making industry in this city, said Robinsons Land regional manager Jodie Arroyo.
Laus Group's regional network CLTV-36, meanwhile, signed the pact for the live coverage and broadcast of the GLF.
Santiago, for his part, told Sun.Star Pampanga that he is set to meet with officials of the GLF Foundation on the possible increase of subsidies for participating barangays.
Last year, the City Government granted some P100,000 as subsidy to lantern makers. A giant lantern measuring up to 20 feet in diameter with more than 10,000 bulbs could cost as much as P500,000.
Grander, more exciting
Castro disclosed that the GLF 2013 is seen to be grander and more exciting.
"We are targeting it as an ASEAN event with our partnerships with travel agencies and airlines, particularly those coming in at Clark. There will be about 11 to 12 barangays in the competition and their chief lantern makers have promised to showcase their very best this year, which makes the festival real exciting. We are also looking at innovations like using LED bulbs in this GLF," Castro said.
The GLF started in 1929 and has since evolved from its bamboo frames and cloth covers. Aside from the main competition or "ligligan," the GLF 2013 will feature the "Paskong Pasko sa Paskuhan" from October 15 to December 31 at Hilaga (former Paskuhan Village), the traditional Lubenas from December 15 to 23 at the city proper, the Lantern Parade and Exhibition for schools on December 16, and giant lantern exhibitions from December 22 to January 3, 2014.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 06, 2013.